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Speaking Against Malaria

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Imam Mohamed Majid, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Dr. Fatimah Jackson and Imam Zaid Shakir.

September 05, 2009 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Gaylord National Resort & Conventional Center
201 Waterfront Street
Fort Washington, MD 20745

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  1. Amatullah

    July 22, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Can’t wait to attend inshaAllah.

  2. MR

    July 22, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    This post deserves 100+ comments dedicated to the discussion of Malaria in the Muslim world and how Muslims can help the situation.

    Let’s begin!

    Who’s going to the event?

  3. Naeem

    July 22, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    I’ll be there for sure inshallah. Let’s MAKE HISTORY. Save a life.

    • MR

      July 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

      This is Naeem from Native Deen everyone! He’s going to be there!


      • Nazia A. Hossain

        July 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

        Amir, I wrote a LONG post, and I don’t see it…?

        • MR

          July 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM

          Try again?

          • Amad

            July 22, 2009 at 11:04 AM

            the infamous spam bug

  4. Nazia A. Hossain

    July 22, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    As’salaamualikum & Peace be upon you…

    I am very excited about this event and I will be there, God-Willing. We will need lots of support from volunteers, if you would like to volunteer please email me at Our first meeting is this Saturday, July the 25th at noon at our Alexandria office* (address listed below).

    Please come and show your support. Did you know that every 30 seconds a child dies in Africa of malaria? Something which is PREVENTABLE. So, what are you going to do?

    1. Join the Campaign to Bite the Bug ->
    2. Sign up to volunteer -> Email
    3. Buy your tickets for United Against Malaria Event ->

    How many children have had their lives taken by malaria while you read this?

    Educate, Communite, Eradicate – Malaria.

    Nazia A. Hossain
    National Volunteer Coordinator
    Islamic Relief USA

    Islamic Relief USA
    3655 Wheeler Ave.
    Alexandria, VA 22304*

  5. Mohammed A. Hossain

    July 22, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    As’salaamualikum –

    Our first meeting is this Saturday at 12pm inshaAllah – please join us on this noble cause.


  6. Nihal Khan

    July 22, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Awesome initiative. I wish I could be there :(

  7. Amad

    July 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    mashallah, this is great

    Could we consider this one of the fruits of the sunni pledge??

    P.S. This comment will get ur 100 comments MR ;)

    • MR

      July 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

      This is definitely one of the fruits of the Sunni Unity pledge. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about that. Now we finally see the walking after the talking, alhamdulillah.

  8. Nahyan Inc

    July 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    good stuff. mashaAllah.

  9. Dawud Israel

    July 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Baraka Allahu FEEK!
    I hope to be there in sha Allah.

    Could we consider this one of the fruits of the sunni pledge??

    This is not just a fruit of the Sunni Pledge- in sha Allah ta’ala this will be a fruit from among the choicest fruits of Jannah! :D

    The Ummah ITSELF becoming a cure for a disease- it may not be easy, but if (no, when) we succeed–it will change our outlook and self-confidence as a community entirely. If we can take down malaria, what can’t we take down in sha Allah?

    This is super important because its going to set the standard- we are always being told “don’t do this, that might not be so good, whatever”- always having our way barred, but now we are being shown, how as Muslims, we can make a massive difference and with Allah no one can stop us.

    May Allah reward all the shuyookh, speakers, and organizers, Ameen.

  10. ahmed

    July 22, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Beautiful project. May Allah give it the highest level of success.

  11. UmA

    July 22, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Tell us more,….what is Islamic Relief planning to do to curb malaria and what can we do from our living rooms, offices and classrooms?

    • Nazia A. Hossain

      July 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

      From yourliving rooms, offices and classrooms… log on to and join the campaign today.

      If everyone can get 10 more people to give $10 a month we can start by making sure all the homes in Mali have bed nets.

      Something this simple…can save many lives, inshaAllah.

    • MR

      July 22, 2009 at 10:51 PM

  12. Yasir Qadhi

    July 22, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Salaam Aalikum

    This is really the brainchild of Imam Zayd – may Allah reward him for this!

    We have been speaking regularly for the last few months and passed suggestions back and forth about what we should all do as an American Ummah. After his trip to Africa, he saw first hand the debilitating effects of this easily-preventable disease, and felt the need to mobilize the Muslims in the fight against malaria. I am at once proud and humbled to be part of such a noble initiative, may Allah bless these and other efforts and accept from us.

    So in fact this is just the first step of many more such projects – some social, some academic, some local, some international – for all of us. The goal is to pool our resources together to help the Muslims of this part of the world and beyond!


    • Nazia A. Hossain

      July 22, 2009 at 3:22 PM



      July 22, 2009 at 4:04 PM


      IT WAS NOVEMBER 2nd,2007 when i personally attended 1st time The Light of Guidance Class and Fallen in Love with You for The Sake Of Allah(swt). The Eeman rush i went through after that class i cant put it in words but Yet once again after all that time passed i’m once again in Level of high spiritual Eeman becasue of a A cause you have started.
      May Allah(swt) Preserve You Shaikh and May he the AL-MUQTADIR and AL-QAWIYY gives you Strength to unite all Muslims.
      All our Muslim Brother and Sisters Dua’s are with You.

      Your Truly,
      Student Yasir

    • Mohammed Khan

      October 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM

      Dear Sh. Yasir Qadhi,

      I have a question about this event. Did Islamic Relief sponsor or pay the speakers/scholars at the event? If yes, may I ask if this included the plane ticket and lodging expenses, and any other expenses?



    July 22, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Jazakallahkhair Once Again ISLAMIC RELIEF, beside a fight against MALARIA you have shown a Muslim Ummah a EXAMPLE of Being in Unity Despite The Fact we differ with each other. May Allah(swt) Reward all the Scholars for coming together for his sake only.


  14. midatlantic

    July 22, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    MashaAllah. May Allah help us contribute with ikhlas in whatever way we can to this campaign.

    I wonder if any of the organizers have considered collaborating with these guys seeing as they’re working to the same goal:

  15. Tariq Subhani

    July 22, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    As’Salaamu Alaikum,

    Insha’Allah this will be a history making event, which should not be missed. The Muslim ummah here in the West is putting aside our years of difference and getting together for the common good.

    I encourage all of you to attend this amazing gathering, which will include all thee giants of the Islamic world. We are getting together to tackle the issue of Malaria in Africa. The vast majority of people suffering from Malaria in Africa are Muslims. It is only befitting that it is the Muslims who are getting together to help the suffering of our fellow Muslims. For too long the Muslim have been criticised for standing on the sidelines and doing nothing while other Muslim endure the worst of conditions. This criticism is accurate but it is time to answer the bell and work for the common good.

    I promise you as one of the organizer of this event that you will not regret attending this program. Please support the Unity of the Muslims and at the same time help to eliminate the suffering of our fellow Muslims around the world. Insha’Allah, together we can make a difference and save some lives.

    Insha’Allah see you there and let’s make this a better place for you and for me.


    • Nihal Khan

      July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

      For those of you who don’t know, Tariq has been heading this project up since day 1 with Imam Zaid. May Allah (SWT) make it easy for all of us to attend and benefit from this program, Ameen!

      • MR

        July 23, 2009 at 10:49 AM

        Word. Shaykh-ul-Unity Tariq Subhani and Hafidh Nihal Khan were also the prime suspects in the Help Imam Siraj campaign.

  16. Osama

    July 23, 2009 at 3:23 AM

    amazing mashaAllah, muslims really do need to unite….we really need something like this in Toronto, Canada as well. Amazing initiative!

  17. Muslimah

    July 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Peace be upon all Muslims,

    Masha’Allah. This is really great! May Allah always unite us for causes such as this. May Allah reward him/her who thought of such great project. Insha’Allah I will be there! I wish I can volunteer but I live far to attend the meetings. Perhaps that day I can help if anyway I can!

  18. ummimaryam

    July 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Mashaallah.Excellent project.May Allah help us to conquer this deadly disease.It`s still very common in the rural parts of south India too.So many poor people are affected by it.May Allah help us all.

  19. Nadia

    July 23, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Assalamu alaykum,

    Mashallah excellent project, may Allah make it successful.

    I’m curious about the program for the event. Has it been set yet?

    Also, inshallah with everyone being excited about this event, it seems that much money will be raised to help with malaria so I’m wondering what will IR do as far as priorities with the results from this event. The bed nets are wonderful ideas and something we can all do even today, I’m curious as to what other plans IR has to help solve this problem.

  20. Musa Ramsey

    July 24, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    As Salamu Alaikum,

    I pray that this effort will usher in a new area of cooperation to do good despite our minor or major differences in Islamic theology. It appears that our scope becomes bigger as we began to mature in our understanding of the principles of the religion. As we gaze at our present circumstance throughout the world only those limited in understanding will reject the need to broaden our base of cooperation with one another.


  21. Faatimah

    August 31, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Anyone know of a Masjid organizing a bus to the conference?

  22. Nazia A. Hossain

    September 1, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Sr Faatimah,

    Volunteers will be carpooling from the IR USA HQ in Alexandria. As for masjids, maybe Adams can? Not sure, let me follow up.

    Naeem/Amir – any ideas?

  23. Mohammed Khan

    October 29, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Sorry for the delayed response on this event.

    I was there. Did anyone see me? ;-) In spite of the noble topic it was very tiring and drawn out. Ramadan was already taking a lot out of Muslims. They were then forced to listen to long speeches about disease that many clearly got bored with. I wonder how we can expect a mass movement to occur when people have more to learn about it.

    I also thought Islamic Relief (IR) really lacked adaab at the event. Many people were turned off and this is really unfortunate – in spite of the fundraising they did. I wonder if there is an “adaab of fundraising” course somewhere?

    Unfortunately I don’t see this event as the beginning of something big. WHO has already been doing such efforts for decades. Makes me wonder why Muslims are seeing all this now so late in time and making such a big deal about it. It’s a good intention and effort but efforts against malaria started a long time ago.

    Nonetheless, Allah bless the Muslims for their noble efforts.


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